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Cannabis Bowl 2017

Last year was our first Cannabis Bowl, a chance for all medical marijuana patients to let us know their favorite products, people and places all related to our local MMJ community. This year, we’re back for a second year and happily on 4/20. Thanks for participating and letting us know your favorites, and big thanks to our MMJ writer and columnist Nick Meyers, who wrote this year’s Tucson Weedly cover story on local women in weed. Get smoking.

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Cannabis banking still unpredictable: Q&A with Colorado Bank Commissioner Chris Myklebust

By John Schroyer

Colorado State Bank Commissioner Chris Myklebust flew to Washington DC in March to meet with a group of state bank regulators.

He also met with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and a staffer for U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat. He brought up cannabis banking, and was encouraged.

Marijuana Business Daily spoke with Myklebust after he returned to Colorado to see what he learned from his trip.

Myklebust estimated that only about five or six financial…

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Support For Legalizing Marijuana Has Never Been So High

Weed is in the air this 4/20, and not just literally. Sixty-one percent of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a CBS News poll released Thursday.

That’s the highest mark this particular poll has ever found, and it’s not an outlier. Similar surveys taken over the past year have shown that public support for legal cannabis is higher now than it has ever been before.

Widespread acceptance of legalization ― itself a rejection of the longstanding federal prohibition on marijuana ― is a…

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Watch A Woman Get High 100 Ways

For those of you in places where recreational pot is legal on this 4/20, let Ella show you 100 ways to indulge in weed. Whether it’s a rubber ducky, apple, accordion or leek (?!), Ella’s game. She gets high with abandon for eight hours in this time-compressed video from Cut, the marijuana-friendly content producer.

For those of you who live where copping a buzz isn’t legal, you can always use the clip for “research.”

Who can resist a pizza you can smoke and eat?

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Oregon OKs bill to protect rec marijuana industry from feds

To protect the state’s recreational marijuana industry from a federal crackdown, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that prevents rec retail businesses from storing private data about customers’ identities or purchases.

The new law is designed to shield adult-use marijuana consumers by barring retailers from sharing or keeping their personal data. Oregon marijuana retailers have 30 days to destroy the data, according to The Oregonian.


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Jeff Sessions' Marijuana Policy Is Straight Out Of 'Reefer Madness'

Times have changed, but apparently nobody has informed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states. Eight states and the District of Columbia allow recreational use, and 61 percent of Americans support legalization.

Yet, as the video above shows, Sessions’ views haven’t evolved. He’s still taking his pot policy straight from “Reefer Madness,” the classically awful 1936 “educational” film about marijuana addiction.

That film shows people who succumb to the dreaded wacky tobacky become…

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CBS Poll Finds Support for Legalizing Marijuana at Record High

More than six in ten Americans believe that the social use of marijuana should be legal for adults, according to nationwide polling data provided by CBS News.

The percentage marks a significant increase since 2013, when only 45 percent of respondents endorsed legalization, and it is among the highest levels of public support ever reported in a national poll. Only a majority of those respondents over the age of 65 did not support legalization.

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This Video Perfectly Breaks Down The History Of Weed And Racism

Nothing can blow your high quite like realizing weed’s relationship to racism.

Black people and white people smoke weed at a similar rate, yet black people are criminalized more often. In the latest episode of MTV’s “Decoded,” appropriately released on 4/20, host and producer Franchesca Ramsey examines if legalizing weed can help fight discrimination.

Ramsey notes that the stigma behind people of color who smoke weed started a long time ago.

“Weed was originally made illegal in the ‘30s because America has historically been…

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Homeland Security Chief: Marijuana Possession is Grounds for Deportation

United States Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly Speaks at George Washington University on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (DHS handout)

In a speech Tuesday, United States Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly announced that the Trump Administration would use marijuana possession as a reason for deporting immigrants.

“ICE will continue to use marijuana possession, distribution and convictions as essential elements as they build their deportation removal apprehension…

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Discover Your Inner High Artist With 'Puff, Pass & Paint' Classes

For some, marijuana can feel like a magical elixir, particularly when it comes to making art. Getting high can help alleviate stress and self-doubt, get the creative juices flowing and awaken budding artists to the the tactile excitement of making work, instead of worrying about the final product. 

This is the reasoning behind “Puff, Pass & Paint,” a “4/20 friendly art class” now offered in cities in Colorado, Oregon, Washington D.C., Nevada and California ― all of which have legalized cannabis. The weed wizard behind this…

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Aphria Announces $100mm Capital Raise



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Aphria Raises $100 Million to Fund Continued Expansion of Production Capacity and Other Strategic Opportunities

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 20, 2017)

Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX: APH) (OTC: APHQF), a Health Canada Licensed Producer of medical cannabis products, announced today that it has secured a $100 million raise, including a $75 million bought deal equity financing and $25…

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Marijuana has truly gone mainstream, survey finds

By Christopher Ingraham, (c) 2017, The Washington Post

Many marijuana users hide their stash in their closets. Most people who use marijuana are parents. There are almost as many marijuana users as there are cigarette smokers in the U.S.

Those facts and many more are among the conclusions of new survey from Yahoo News and Marist University, which illustrates how pot has become a part of everyday life for millions of Americans.

1. Nearly 55 million adults currently use marijuana

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Six essential Colorado cannabis tours, from party buses to free-form adventures

They won’t adorn you with a hemp lei when you step off the plane, but Colorado remains a top destination for travelers looking to celebrate the “high holiday” of April 20.

Whether it’s to see the now seemingly annual Snoop Dogg concert or join thousands for the infamous 420 Rally at Denver’s Civic Center Park, there’s no shortage of marijuana revelry to take part in. It’s no coincidence there has been a big spike in dispensary sales every April in the state’s recreational marijuana era.

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AP Explains: The origins of 4/20, marijuana's high holiday

By GENE JOHNSON
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) – Thursday marks marijuana culture’s high holiday, 4/20, when college students gather – at 4:20 p.m. – in clouds of smoke on campus quads and when pot shops in legal weed states thank their customers with discounts.

This year’s edition provides an occasion for pot activists to reflect on how far their movement has come, with recreational pot now allowed in eight states and the nation’s capital, as well as a changed national political climate that could threaten…

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Oregon Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Cannabis Consumers’ Privacy

Oregon Governor Kate Brown

SALEM, OR — Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation into law this week limiting the ability of government officials to obtain data identifying customers who purchase marijuana at state-licensed retail facilities.

Voters legalized the commercial production and retail sales of cannabis in November 2014. Retail sales of cannabis to those age 21 or older began in October 2015.

The new law, which took effect immediately upon signing, states “A…

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West Virginia Becomes the 29th Medical Marijuana State

Today, West Virginia officially became the 29th state to pass medical marijuana legislation!

Gov. Jim Justice signed the law today after the bipartisan bill passed both the Senate and House earlier this month.

While the law isn’t perfect, it’s a great start toward providing safe and legal access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients. A summary is available here.

This achievement didn’t happen overnight. In fact, MPP, along with many other advocates, has been working tirelessly to get a medical marijuana bill passed for…

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Chris Weigant: California Considers Historic "Weed Sanctuary" Status

A bill has been introduced in California’s state legislature which would prevent the state’s law enforcement officers (and any other state resources) from being used to: “investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest a person for marijuana activity that is authorized by law in the State of California.” The bill is based on a similar bill which would declare California a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants. Either one would be the first of its kind on a statewide level. The marijuana sanctuary bill (AB 1578) would send a clear…

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West Virginia governor signs bill legalizing medical cannabis

It’s official: West Virginia has become the 30th state in the nation to legalize medical cannabis, and the first to do so in 2017.

Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 386, the Medical Cannabis Act, and said it was “a monumental day,” MetroNews reported.


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Canada Lawmakers Introduce Marijuana Regulation Measures

OTTAWA, ON — Liberal Party members introduced legislation late last week to legalize and regulate the possession, use, and sale of cannabis by those age 18 and older.

The legislation follows through on a 2015 campaign pledge by the Party, which has promised to regulate the marijuana market by mid-2018.

The proposed measures establish a legal framework for the commercial production and retail sale of herbal cannabis, germinating seeds, immature plants, and cannabis-infused…

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Governor Signs Bill Making West Virginia the 29th Medical Marijuana State

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (D) signs Senate Bill 386, the Medical Cannabis Act, on April 19, 2017. The Governor was joined for the bill signing by two of the initiative’s primary supporters, Senator Richard Ojeda (D-Logan) and Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha), as well as Senator Mike Woelfel (D-Cabell) and Dr. Rahul Gupta the State Health Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health. (image/Office of the Governor)

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Committee advises California judges not to invest in pot

A California Supreme Court committee advised judges in the state Wednesday to stay away from pot — meaning investments in pot businesses.

Maintaining any interest in a business that involves medical or recreational marijuana is incompatible with a judge’s obligation to follow the law, the court’s…

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North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Amending Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Initiative

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (North Dakota Office of the Governor)

BISMARK, ND — North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) signed legislation on Tuesday amending provisions of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act – a voter-initiated measure approved by 65 percent of voters last November.

Senate Bill 2344 makes several significant changes to the law. Specifically, it removes provisions permitting patients the option to home cultivate their own cannabis if they do not…

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Fridge-Sized Device That Grows Pot May Be Greatest Appliance Since The Microwave

A Los Angeles entrepreneur could make a lot of green with his new invention: A refrigerator-sized device that grows pot.

Yoni Ofir says his Leaf machine is made for people who have no clue how to cultivate marijuana.

“We wanted to create something that could be ‘plug and plant,’ where you didn’t have to have any previous knowledge whatsoever,” Ofir says in the video above. “Most people fail because there’s so many different parameters and you’re basically sort of left on your own.”

The problem with growing the wacky weed…

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U.S. Rep Polis predicts medical cannabis safeguard will get OK

Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, one of the four founding members of the Cannabis Caucus, said during a panel discussion Tuesday in Denver he believes the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment – which protects medical marijuana businesses from the Department of Justice – will be renewed and remain in federal law.

Polis was one of 44 representatives who recently urged that language from the amendment be included in the base bill for the appropriations process to fund the entire federal government. The base bill…

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Brands want to cash in with 4/20 munchies jokes. Marijuana advocates say it’s time to grow up

When you and your buds get the munchies on April 20, the high holiday for marijuana users, a small army of marketing professionals are working to ensure that in your haze, you’ll reach for their brand of blazed, er, glazed doughnuts. Or Totino’s Pizza Rolls. Or Burger King. Or any other brand of junk food – even from a wholesome, family-friendly company – that suspects its biggest fans may be spending the day more flame-broiled than a Whopper.

4/20, as the holiday is known, is when brands…

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At Denver’s Newest Church, Marijuana Is The Holy Sacrament

The International Church of Cannabis will open its doors in Denver on April 20, a day marijuana enthusiasts everywhere have memorialized as a sort of “high” holy day.

The church is not your average house of worship, for obvious reasons. But the religion it preaches, members say, is no joke.

Members of the church are known as Elevationists. Their faith holds that “an individual’s spiritual journey, and search for meaning, is one of self-discovery that can be accelerated and deepened with ritual cannabis use,” according to the…

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Tennessee Governor Signs Law Repealing Citywide Decriminalization Statutes

NASHVILLE, TN — Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation last week repealing municipal statutes in Memphis and Nashville that reduced local penalties for marijuana possession offenders.

House Bill 173 nullifies both cities’ decriminalization ordinances and preempts any other city from enacting similar reforms.

City council members in Nashville and Memphis both passed ordinances last fall providing local law enforcement the discretion to cite and fine minor marijuana…

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Wisconsin Governor Signs Measure Expanding CBD-Exemption Law

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation, Senate Bill 10, this week amending the state’s 2014 cannabidiol (CBD) exemption law.

Under the new law, patients may possess non psychoactive CBD products for any medical condition as long as the use of such products is recommended by a physician.

Under the previous law, the use of such products were only permitted for those diagnosed with seizure disorders.

The law neither provides for an in-state supply…

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Las Vegas may loosen MMJ dispensary rules, allow later hours

Concerned they’re losing business to medical marijuana retailers in unincorporated parts of Clark County, city officials in Las Vegas are now eyeballing possible rollbacks to city MMJ rules that may let Sin City dispensaries stay open later and serve more customers.

Proposed changes could also give dispensaries more flexibility on what products they can carry, shrink business fees and revamp disposal requirements for expired MMJ, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.


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Denver 4/20 in the Trump era: Marijuana celebration or political rally?

There was a time — before the vendor booths, before the concerts with famous headliners, before the documentary crews and before the cannabis tour groups — when 4/20 in Denver meant a simple protest rally.

Eleven years ago, only a couple thousand people gathered in Civic Center park for the annual marijuana smokeout in defiance of state and federal laws. The rally planned for Thursday could hardly look different — 250 vendor booths, tens of thousands expected to attend and the…

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